St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark, has been moving at a breakneck speed for the past two years, barely stopping to catch her breath amidst a whirlwind of recording and touring. She released her third album, Strange Mercy called “one of the year’s best” by the New York Times and “something to behold” by Pitchfork. The record cemented her status as one of her generation’s most fearsome and inventive guitarists, earned her magazine covers, special performances everywhere and a year-long sold-out tour of her biggest venues to date around the world. It was during this already monumentally busy time that she completed work with David Byrne on their collaborative album Love This Giant. At the heart of all her music, though, lie larger questions about what it means to be human and the ways in which we seek to create meaning in our lives. Such is the music on St. Vincent: charming and alarming, gorgeous and morbid, comforting and uncanny. Four albums into one of music’s most compelling careers, Annie Clark is as “ambi-valent” as ever, and she’s not slowing down any time soon.
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